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    Apr 23, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Veterinary Technology, AAS


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A veterinary technician can best be thought of as an animal nurse. By definition, a veterinary technician is a person who has completed a 2-year associate degree in Veterinary Technology from an AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) accredited institution. The Veterinary Practice Act of Michigan allows veterinary technicians to do anything for the care of animals except diagnose disease, prescribe medication and perform surgery. Besides providing nursing care, veterinary technicians also function as laboratory technicians, radiology technicians, pharmacy technicians, surgical technicians and anesthesia technicians. In addition, veterinary technicians are often responsible for a majority of the client education that occurs in a veterinary practice, thus this is a profession that requires excellent communication skills. The veterinary technology profession is very diverse and the opportunities for technicians are extremely varied. Career opportunities exist within, but are not limited to the following areas: small animal hospitals, large animal hospitals, research, education, pharmaceuticals and the military. Once a student has successfully graduated from an AVMA accredited program, the graduate can sit for the national licensing exam. If the graduate passes the VTNE exam, the graduate will be eligible for licensure as a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) in the state of Michigan.

Program Status: Professional Program Application (formerly limited enrollment)

General Education Requirements - 6 Hours


Semester Hours Required for Graduation - 63


The Veterinary Technology program at Cadillac, Jackson and Muskegon are currently accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (AVMA, CVTEA), 1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173-4630; phone: (800) 248-2862; fax: (847) 925-1329; web address: avma.org.

AVMA, CVTEA

 

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